Benefits Available from the for Low Income Persons
Note: All able bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties will be limited to three months of SNAP unless they fulfill work requirements.
|Program||Who is eligible?||What is provided?||Time limits?||Work requirements?|
|*TANF Temporary Aid to Needy Families||Families with dependent children (natural parents or other relatives), & pregnant women||Cash – 1 person 205/mo 2 people 316/mo 3 people 403/mo||Yes, 60 months (5 yrs.) in an adult’s lifetime.||(Some exceptions) Usually yes, as set forth in a written agreement. After 24 months, usually must work at least 20 hours per week.|
|SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)||TANF & GA house- holds and almost all other low income citizens (income limit is higher than for other programs)||Credits to buy food & plants or seeds to grow food. Amount depends on size & income of household. Max. for family of 2 is $355 (add $146 for each additional member)||Generally no, some able bodied childless adults are limited to 3 months in a 3 year period if not working||Yes, but they are mandatory only for able bodied adults (aged 18-49) without dependents.|
|MA Medical Assistance||TANF & GA households, other low income persons may be eligible – there are several categories||Access (fee for service) or enrollment in a managed care program which provides medical services from participating providers||No||No|
|LIHEAP Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program||Homeowners & renters, but some persons living in subsidized housing may not be eligible||Grants to help pay heating bills with amount based on income & type of fuel, and grants to repair/replace heating unit.||No, but applications are only taken during a specified time period||No work requirement. Also no resource limit.|
*These programs also provide Special Allowances if you participate in training and employment programs.
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